What Is A Customized Learning Technology Solution?
A Customized Learning Technology Solution is designed to provide a solution to a teaching or learning issue, whether it requires new software, hardware, or an existing system that meets the needs of faculty and students in achieving learning.
Some examples of some teaching or learning issues to which customized learning technology could be applied are:
- An apparent need for automating the assessment of student progress in a course
- An instructor has an innovating idea for students to use technology for learning in the classroom, but isn’t sure how to implement their idea
- An instructor wants to incorporate some sort of media technology (streaming audio or video) in their course
The Center for Teaching and Learning staff can provide solutions to these types of problems on a case by case basis using the following criteria:
- Is the technology need instruction-based?
- Is the idea of experimentation for a set period of time agreeable between the CTL and the requesting person?
- Can adequate CTL staff resources and support be provided during the period of experimentation?
- Is the requesting person willing to meet with the CTL staff on a semi-regular case-by-case basis to assess how the solution is working and meeting the requirements?
What Can A Customized Learning Technology Solution Be?
A Customized Learning Technology Solution could be anything that requires the use of software development, research and design, or hardware implementation. This could even be done through the use of one of our experimental classrooms.
Our programming staff is well-versed in cutting-edge technology and we make the use of Extreme Programming (XP) methodology (http://xprogramming.com/xpmag/whatisxp) to ensure that software development is done professionally and is well supported.
For more information on our software development procedures, click here.
What Are Some Recent Past Solutions Or Projects That The CTL Has Been Involved In?
- An instructor wanted to incorporate the idea of blogs in his course. A web server and the required software was configured, and staff resources were allocated to allow for this activity to take place in his course.
- Content for an online course needed to be restructured and redesigned from the ground up. Instructors and the chair for the department overseeing the course met with CTL staff. The content was recreated and redesigned using the Macromedia Studio MX 2004 (http://www.macromedia.com/software/studio/) content creation suite, and the instructors were advised on how to maintain the content should further changes need to be made.
- An instructor wanted an online activity to facilitate students practicing a basic concept covered in their course that students typically had difficulty with. The instructor met and worked with the CTL staff to provide this solution for their students which ended up being a custom web application.
- Multiple instructors needed customized chat capability for their online course activity that is simple and easy to configure. Meetings with the CTL staff resulted in allocating a hardware and and software solution using Macromedia’s Flash Communication Server. (http://www.macromedia.com/software/flashcom/)
- A department wanted to know what software to use to support a specific activity in their workflow. Recommendations were made after extensive research done by the team.
- Many others
How Can I Submit A Request For A Customized Learning Technology Solution?
Contact the CTL using the information at the bottom of this page.